Engineered Memory

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What ever happened to using floppy disks for computer storage? Investigate the pros and cons of punch cards and floppy disks by making predictions, performing experiments, and presenting recommendations. Look back at the history of computer storage and be amazed at how far we have come!

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Instructional Ideas

  • Assign interviews of parents and grandparents to learn about the computer storage they used and discuss other technological advances over the years
Classroom Considerations

  • Materials need to be gathered in advance of the lesson
  • Caution is stated when using broken floppy disks in computers
Pros

  • Promotes teamwork and problem solving
  • The detailed plan includes a writing prompt that is optional
Cons

  • Floppy disks may be hard to find